The Reason Why

Friday, April 03, 2015

January 25, 2015


"...for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me [Jesus Christ] and have believed that I came from God." John 16:27



I've been going through the book of John over the last few days. Today, that verse in chapter 16 stopped me in my tracks. I've read over it countless times, but on Good Friday 2015, I realized that Jesus Christ made clear the REASON for God's love. 

Scripture tells us that the fulness of God dwelt in the person of Jesus. That's what made Him THE Christ. Everyone did not believe that. That's what made them gather together with shouts of, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" 

Sometimes I wonder what that day was like... What did those who DID believe go home thinking? What was it like for the sky to go dark and for the earth to quake? Were there people IN the temple? How far away could the voice of Christ be heard?

Today, Christians throughout the world are remembering the day their Savior died. We are contemplating what He did and looking forward to celebrating what came next in just a few days. That Friday was good because it was a day that the glory of God was on display. Nearly two thousand years later, we haven't forgotten. 

May we praise God for making Himself known to us. May we praise Christ for taking the wrath of God that we deserve for our sin. May we praise the Holy Spirit for teaching us what He received from Christ. As we love Christ and have believed that He came from God, may we know that that is the reason for the Father's love for us. 

We go by the name "Christian" for a reason....On this, the day He died, may we pause to ponder yet another facet of exactly what He accomplished.  
 

8 comments:

  1. Beautifully said!

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  2. What a great post!! I think about that too... that day must have been so scary, knowing that he was killed and gone. But it just makes Easter even better because we can rejoice in the fact that He is no longer gone!

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  3. Amen! We were just pondering this yesterday thinking how scary it must of been when the skies went dark and the ground shook. It must have been terrifying.
    We watched Jospeh Prince video and it was just awesome, about the blood of the lamb and the ultimate sacrificial blood of Jesus. Really awesome!

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  4. your words always make me think, which i love.
    i'm often a wonderer too...but i've never wondered about how far the voice of Christ carried that day...wow.

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  5. You are such a great writer. This is beautiful :-)

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